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Democratic vice presidential candidate Al Gore will follow the lead of running mate Bill Clinton when he takes part in an MTV “Choose or Lose” forum on Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. Clinton faced the youth of the nation on MTV in June. MTV has invited President Bush and Vice President Quayle, but so far the Republican duo has nixed the idea.

MTV also plans to ask independent candidate Ross Perot if he’d like to appear.

Comedy Central will continue its commitment to bring its own unique coverage to the presidential campaign 1992 with live, uncut “and uncensored” coverage of the vice presidential debate on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT. Like the cable web’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic convention, chief political correspondent Al Franken will oversee the proceedings.

Max Goldenson and Gerd Zimmerman have acquired film rights to the book “Me and Jezebel,” the true-life story of Elizabeth Fuller, who had Bette Davis move into her household in 1985. The comedy details how Fuller and her family’s patience were tested by the star. Goldenson also develops TV movies through her MWG Prods.

U.S. News Prods., the recently formed programming arm of magazine U.S. News & World Report, will introduce four reality/documentary series at Mipcom: “Adventures of the Old West,””Myths, Mysteries and Miracles,””Masters of War” and “Explorers: The Search for Gold and Glory.” U.S. News currently produces the Arts & Entertainment series “Air Combat” and “Combat at Sea.”

Elton John has announced a benefit concert for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to be held Sunday at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Joining John will be George Michael, Lionel Richie and Bruce Hornsby, with the show hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. Proceeds will be go to organizations providing care and service to AIDS patients.

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